Boros and Olsen share first round lead in Knoxville Open

Boros and Olsen share first round lead in Knoxville Open

June 3, 2004

FARRAGUT (WATE) -- Guy Boros and Dan Olsen share the lead at six-under-par 66 in Thursday's opening round of the Knoxville Open at Fox Den Country Club.

Scott Sterling, Shane Bertsch, Paul Gow and Wook-Soon Kang are behind them in third place at five-under-par 67.

Boros, the 39-year-old son of PGA legend Julius Boros, opened in the afternoon group on the back nine. He started out a little rough, but managed to stay at even-par through the first six holes. Then, back-to-back birdies at the 17th and 18th holes, plus more birdies at the third, sixth and ninth holes, propelled the three-time Nationwide Tour winner into a share of the lead.

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"The course is in great shape," Boros said. "It really is. The greens are great and the rough's up a little bit. I only found it once today and it was pretty deep where I was. You've got to hit it pretty straight out here, but I think it's going to get a little tougher as the week goes on."

Olsen also teed off with the afternoon group, but unlike Boros got off to a hot start. He went to four-under early by shooting an eagle on the par-five first, the birdied on the second and the par-five fifth.

After picking up two more birdies on the par-three 14th and the 17th to go seven-under, Olsen dropped into a tie with Boros with a bogey on his last hole.

Olsen's best tour finish was a tie for 17th at the 2000 Permian Basin Open. He has made the cut in four of 14 PGA Tour events this season, and said he was pleased with his play Thursday.

"That's a good round for me, in a good tournament," he said. "I played pretty good in Tucson on the big tour. These are benign conditions that we don't see on the big tour that much. There's a little bit of rough, but the greens are receptive and there's no wind."

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